around a gym almost invariably leads to eating and weight loss. It's a natural
topic: people are there for health reasons, to get in shape, and hopefully stay
there. Eating is an essential part of the equation. New clients are particularly
interested in what works and what doesn't and most are surprised to hear that
what they've traditionally thought or heard about eating and nutrition are
actually wrong. What dawned on me last week when a client adamantly stated:
"They say oatmeal is good for you!" was: Where does this information come from
and who exactly are 'They?'
take recommendations from many sources for many different reasons: where to
invest money, what school to send their children to, the best new restaurant,
vacation spot, or movie. When it comes to health, nutrition, and exercise, there
is no shortage of recommendations and everyone's an expert! I personally do not
like the word 'Expert' and most people who do possess comprehensive and
authoritative knowledge or skills in a particular area rarely call themselves
experts. They let the facts or performance do the talking for them.
the area of health there have been generally accepted theories or beliefs,
(about eating in particular), which are held by most people, including
doctors, that are passed down to the general public and accepted as definitive
truth. This body of knowledge has been coined Conventional Wisdom. There are a
lot of problems with accepting tips that can radically alter your health mostly
because no one really knows where the information is coming from and who the
source is! Some advice is surely science-based and qualified but
most of it seems to trickle down via the Internet, magazines, tv, product
labels, with Dr. Oz and Oprah in tow.
what we do know is that most, almost all, of the nutrition and exercise
recommendations currently being handed down, prescribed, and recommended are
blatantly wrong! All you have to do is look around a water park and airport to
see what the information being handed down is yielding. This is not to say all
Conventional Wisdom is bad. Smoking is always frowned upon, and the once
fantastic hydrogenated margarine has been shelved.
purpose of my website has always focused in on these areas: Effective Exercise,
Eating Strategies, Dispelling Common Myth, and Tools to Get Lean, always relying
on research, the facts, and science to back it up. Objective over
Subjective...Fact over Opinion.
back to the gym talk. When talking to clients particularly about effective
eating strategies, I almost always hear, They Say...to which you will most
likely hear from me: 'Where did you hear that?' So, with that said, here are a
few top and most frequently overheard 'They Say's' from out and about.
They Say oatmeal is good for you
Fact: Oats in any form (quick, steel cut, long cook) are a
grain and come with there own form of Gluten (Avenin), which is just as bad for
the gut and inflammatory as wheat. Read More
They Say jogging is the best way to burn fat
Fact: Jogging is not bad. Jogging every day as your sole source
of exercise is bad. Results and body longevity come from Variation (rotating
your tires). Give your cartilage and spinal disks a break from daily
pounding. Read More
They Say organic cane sugar is better than regular sugar
Fact: It's true that it is better
than high fructose corn syrup, but at the end of the day it's still sucrose and
spikes the bloodstream with glucose. Too much sugar=too much Insulin + too
often=glycation, inflammation, excessive fat storage= you're in trouble
They Say you need to get fiber from whole grains
Fact: Vegetables have 4x's the
fiber of grains and fruit 8x's. Plus both have a heck of a lot more nutrients,
vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and enzymes.
They Say lifting weights will make a woman bulk up
Fact: This is like saying driving a car will get you in an
accident. As with any goal, it can be achieved. Lifting heavy and often, say
80-90% of maximum ability may increase muscle mass, but if your goal is to
increase strength of muscle, connective tissue, bone, etc, boost metabolism, and
perhaps show a muscular cut or two, a responsible and effective program can be
created. In 18yrs, none of my female clients have bulked up.
They Say fat is bad and you need to eat more carbs
Fact: Fat and Protein are the preferred sources for the human
body. The only carbohydrates we should be eating are vegetables and a little
fruit. Good sources of fat are so beneficial for the body: nerve tissue, hormone
manufacture, cellular function, brain maintenance.
They Say milk is a great source of protein
Fact: Even if it was, the milk produced and sold today does not
even remotely resemble the raw version coming from the animal. After growth
hormones, pharmaceuticals, pasteurization, homogenization, and synthetic
chemicals and vitamins added, there is nothing beneficial to it ...or the cow.
Eggs and meat have far more bioavailable protein. Read More on Dairy
They Say beans are an excellent source of protein and fiber
Fact: Again, meat and dairy have far more protein, vegetables
and fruit more fiber.Plus you have to boil them which takes WAY too long and
They Say Dips are a great exercise to work your Triceps
Fact: This exercise targets nothing in particular and poses
great risk to the shoulder and biceps tendon. Frequently going past the
shoulder's available range of motion with an increasing torque load, it is one
exercise you need to punt. Read More about it
They Say Cholesterol is bad
Fact: Cholesterol is involved in many functions in the body:
producing bile for digestion, manufacturing hormones, and the brain itself is
66% cholesterol. When you hear your doctor state 'You have high cholesterol'
what you're not hearing is that it is caused from eating too many refined grains
and sugars, not from eating fat.
Learn the Facts
Turning your 'They Say' into 'I Know' takes just a little look
into the science and not accepting the common dogma. Learn Don't